MLB: Should Steroid Users be Excluded from Hall of Fame?

Sam Lance, Sports Editor

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The Hall of Fame. It’s one of the most prestigious accolades you can receive from any sport or any profession.

In Major League Baseball there are over 323 members of the Hall of Fame, but some of the greatest players in the game are snubbed for one reason: steroids.

Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader and single season home run king, may never see his shot at the hall of fame because of his steroid use.

Other all-time greats like Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez probably won’t see their day in Cooperstown.

Vice Chairman of the Hall of Fame Joe Morgan put it simply: “Steroid users don’t belong here.”

But should they?

“That’s a tough question because it takes a lot of skill to hit a 90 plus pitch,” junior baseball player Ben Basarich said.

The Hall of Fame is for the top players, and players like Barry Bonds are the best of the best. Steroids may have altered his career results, but Bonds had a smooth swing, and all of those home runs didn’t happen just because of the steroids.

“Barry Bonds hit the most home runs ever,” Basarich said. “So he should be in for sure. It still takes enormous skill to hit a pitch 350 feet.”

Roger Clemens spotted a career 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts and also won seven Cy Young awards, more than any player in history. But Clemens is suspected of steroid use.

Bottom line, the best players should make the Hall of Fame, regardless of their steroid use.

“Even though those people took steroids it is still an amazing accomplishment to have success in Major League Baseball,” junior baseball player Joe Copeland said.

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